Critics of Confederate monuments display little understanding of the importance of history in forming a nation. They have taken on the pretext of racial outrage, fed by the mainstream media, and contorted it into something that it is not. Former Congressman Allen West was interviewed after speaking at a luncheon of the Roaring Lambs Christian Ministry and was asked about some of these issues. You can view the interview here, or read the transcript.
As Written By Justin Vicory for the Clarion Ledger:
Former GOP congressman and conservative commentator Allen West said he believes protesters from the left and the right were both wrong in Charlottesville, and offered skepticism of critics of Confederate monuments Thursday.
West, at a luncheon of the Roaring Lambs Christian Ministry, largely spoke about his personal commitment to religion but responded to questions over current political events.
The removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville led members of various far right factions to hold a “Unite the Right” rally, for which counter protesters also turned out. The event quickly turned violent.
An alleged rally supporter mowed down at least 26 counter-protesters with his car, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Two Virginia State Troopers, Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates, died after the helicopter they were in fell from the sky and burst into flames outside Charlottesville. The two men were keeping a watch on the protests.
West included Black Lives Matters and anti-racist movement protesters in with the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists in his condemnation of violence.
“They’re all wrong,” West said of the protesters. “We don’t need violence and we don’t need that racial divisiveness.”
“I don’t care what side of the spectrum you are on. The same type of emotion that causes someone to shoot a Republican member of Congress, my former colleague…….
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